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Fallers

Also called: Timber Faller, Tree Faller, Timber Cutter, Logger

What they do:
Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.
On the job, you would:
  • Stop saw engines, pull cutting bars from cuts, and run to safety as tree falls.
  • Appraise trees for certain characteristics, such as twist, rot, and heavy limb growth, and gauge amount and direction of lean, to determine how to control the direction of a tree's fall with the least damage.
  • Saw back-cuts, leaving sufficient sound wood to control direction of fall.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Reaction Time and Speed
  • quickly move your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command
  • quickly move your arms and legs
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Assisi Software Assisi Compiler
  • Assisi Software Assisi Resource
Accounting software
  • BCS Woodlands Software The Logger Tracker
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • BCS Woodlands Software Woodlands Tracker

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$34,530
per year, on average
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